If you are a Hollywood or Florida taxpayer, you likely know that your money goes towards city infrastructure, including the upkeep of streets and sidewalks. Of course, you expect your hard-earned money to be used to keep you and your family safe. Unfortunately, for a number of reasons, sidewalks and streets are sometimes poorly maintained or designed, leading to trip and fall accidents or even car accidents.
If you have fallen on a sidewalk or street, it is important to get legal counsel. As a local taxpayer, you have every right to demand that Hollywood streets and sidewalks be safe for you and your family. The attorneys at Flaxman Law Group have handled thousands of trip and fall and personal injury lawsuits and our legal team has taken on municipal governments, negligent business owners, and other liable parties. If you have been injured, give our law firm a call at 866-352-9626 for a free consultation so that we can discuss how we may recover money for your medical bills and other expenses.Types of Street and Sidewalk Defects
Trip and fall accidents are often caused by defective streets and sidewalks. There are many types of defects that can lead to falls, including:
- Potholes or holes in streets and sidewalks
- Uneven sidewalks or surfaces
- Large cracks or holes in streets or sidewalks
- Poorly designed curbs
- Lack of warning signs for bumps and other issues
- Speed bumps
- Poorly designed or inadequate pedestrian areas
- Poorly designed stairs
How can you tell whether defective sidewalks or streets caused your injury? In many cases, it may be obvious that some defect was present on a street or sidewalk. It's hard to miss an uneven surface or a pothole, for example, once you have been injured by it. In other cases, however, poorly designed stairs or streets may not be recognizable unless you are an engineer.
If you have fallen on a sidewalk or tripped on a sidewalk or street, it is important to consult with a personal injury attorney. An attorney can consult with engineers, investigators, and run a thorough background investigation to find out whether others have stripped in a similar area due to design flaws or other issues. An attorney can then use this information to build a strong case so that you can seek compensation for your injuries.Who Is Liable For Sidewalk Defects And Street Defects?
Trip and fall accidents on sidewalks and streets can be tricky because in many cases it is the municipality who is held partly liable for uneven sidewalks and other street or sidewalk issues. The local Hollywood government and other government entities, however, are protected by laws which limit their liability and which limit the amount of time you have to file a claim. It is very important in these cases to consult an attorney and to file a claim quickly – before the window of opportunity closes.
Sidewalk and street issues can also be partly the responsibility of nearby property owners. Homeowners, for example, may have caused damage to a street or sidewalk through construction or renovation of their home. A business may have noticed a sidewalk defect but may have failed to warn customers or the municipality of the issue. In these cases, nearby property owners as well as the municipality may be held liable and may be pursued for compensation.
If you have been injured while walking on a street or sidewalk, consult with a personal injury attorney. You can always reach the law offices of Flaxman Law Group, for example, in order to arrange for a free, no obligation case review. Through our offices in Hollywood, Homestead, and Miami, our attorneys have helped thousands of plaintiffs recover more than $100 million in total for their injuries through settlements and court wins. Contact our law firm today to find out what we can do for you.